Government confirms legal strategy was in place to deal with people overcharged for nursing home care
The Government has admitted a legal strategy was in place to deal with a section of people overcharged for nursing home care.
The Attorney General is set to probe allegations that the State denied payment of refunds to people illegally charged nursing home fees.
The strategy was allegedly introduced so the Government didn’t have to pay 12 billion euro in liability and compensation.
Roisin Shortall – Social Democrats Joint Leader – served as Minister of State for Primary Care between 2011 and 2012.
She says she was not aware of the plan to keep payments quiet, and that only a select few seem to have known about it.
“It certainly seems that the memo that we have read about was agreed by a very small number of senior ministers.
“It was brought by then Minister for Health, James Reilly, and then it was the four senior ministers in the government at the time who seemed to sign of on it, so it was kept very tight it would appear.”